For many people who develop an interest in Tarot and decide that they would like to read the cards for themselves, deciding on a deck can be an extremely challenging decision. There are so many different decks out there, it can be hard to know where to start.
To help with this, in this article you will find some general tips on selecting your deck, as well as some details about the different decks available to help get you started on your journey.
Tips for choosing a Tarot deck
Firstly, the myth that you can’t buy your own Tarot deck and that it has to be given to you is just that, a myth. The origin of this myth is unknown, but many of the occult aspects of Tarot as it is practiced today were developed by the esoteric order known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn that was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They may have said this as a way to reinforce the idea that you needed to join the society, with its secret initiation rites and costs in order to become a Tarot reader. I personally prefer buying my own Tarot cards as it means I can choose a deck that I have an affinity with.
At the end of the day, Tarot cards are just printed paper, they are a tool that helps us access our intuition. Of course, having the right tools, and looking after them is important, but the vital thing when selecting a Tarot deck is that the deck connects with your intuition. You are looking for a deck that makes you feel good when you are holding the cards in your hands, and you feel inspired when you look at the imagery. Since Tarot cards are about intuition, you should go with your gut when selecting your deck.
Fortunately, there are many reviews of different Tarot decks available online, and I suggest taking the time to look at the different decks online. It can be hard to know if the cards are right for you until you start using them. You may find when you start that they just don’t speak to you in the way that you expected. Sometimes it means that you just need more practice, but this can also be a sign that you need to try a different deck. There is always some trial and error involved. I’ve gone through several decks over the years, not because each of them was wrong for me, but as I have evolved as a reader my needs have changed. That is part of the reason why there are so many Tarot decks out there, many experienced users eventually decide that they want to make their own deck, modifying their favourite deck to more precisely align with their intuition, and then they share their new deck with the community.